Alumni football: Pair of cousins will alternate at QB for Clippers
ALL IN THE FAMILY
AMBOY – Amboy High School's alumni football team hopes its quarterbacks are a real pain for Fulton come Friday night.
One thing is for sure – they are real Paynes.
Luke Payne and his distant cousin, Scott, will guide the Clippers as they take on the Steamers at Fulton High School. Game time is 7 p.m.
Luke, 29, was a quarterback at Amboy in the early 2000s, so leading the offense should not be too big of a deal. Scott, on the other hand, was an offensive guard and linebacker who tipped the scales at about 230 pounds during his playing days.
Scott, 33, got as heavy as 265 pounds 2 years ago before undertaking and committing to the P90X workout system. He is now a svelte 190 pounds, and will split QB duties with Luke.
"Taking the snaps is a little different, but it was easy to get used to," said Scott Payne, who has been a member of the Amboy football staff for the past eight seasons, helping to run the offense.
The Clippers have been getting ready for this game for several months now. They've practiced on Sundays since before Memorial Day, and have snuck in a couple of weekday practices, including Tuesday.
The roster has filled out nicely as well. The Clippers' roster went from about 15 in the early stages to 33 this week.
"It was a little chaotic the first couple of weeks," Scott Payne said, "but when more guys started coming, we got more organized and able to do a lot more things. We started putting in the offense and defense."
One of the late additions was Cody Richardson, 21, an all-state running back a few seasons back.
"I think I should be able to do a little bit," Richardson said. "I don't know how many plays I can play, but we'll see."
On the opposite end of the scale is Ted Gould, 47, a 1983 AHS graduate and the oldest player on the roster.
"It just intrigues me to play again and see what I've got left," Gould said. "I don't know what it is, but it'll be interesting."
Gould is listed at free safety, and tips the scales at about 140 pounds. He admits to thinking twice about mixing it up with people half his age and approaching twice his weight, but decided the positives outweighed the negatives.
"Yeah, there's concerns, but it's the opportunity of a lifetime," Gould said, "to get to play one more time."
In the end, that's what attracts most of the players.
"When you graduate from high school, you look back at all those years, and you wish you could do this one more time," Scott Payne said. "This is the opportunity. It should be fun, and hopefully it will be a fun, competitive game."